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Change diet, help protect environment: Youth group

DAVAO City — A local group here has pushed for a change in diet as a means of protecting the environment and living a healthier life.

During the World Meat Free Week event at People’s Park, Davao City last week, Harold Banggay, a youth leader from #IAmHampaslupa and Mindanaoan Youth Development Center said the ever high demand for meat consumption is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

“Many of us still have not looked into what we are eating and how it contributes to damaging our planet. We need to challenge ourselves to ditch our fast-food culture, eat less meat and more locally and ecologically grown fruits, vegetables, and root crops,” he said.

In a report by Greenpeace, which is also a partner of the event, “our food system is currently responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Reducing meat and dairy consumption and production by 50% by 2050 could reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 64 percent.

Filipinos are heavy meat eaters. The 2017 Social Weather Stations Survey shows that the largest proportion of the population (46 percent) eat meat a few times a week.”

The event, according to Bangay, will serve as a call to the youth to cut down its meat portions and help save the planet against climate change.

“The youth of Davao are challenging this system by cutting down on eating meat. Change can start form ourselves, and as youth, we can make a big difference,” he added. (


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